Terri Proud should not be so proud

Rising right-wing star, Arizona legislator, Terri Proud believes the road to stopping women from having abortions is paved with terrorizing them and forcing them to watch medical procedures. She lovingly said in an email that was published on the political website Arizona Republic, that if she had it her way–women would be forced to watch an abortion before they can receive one.

The actual email reads:

Personally I’d like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a “surgical procedure”. If it’s not a life it shouldn’t matter, if it doesn’t harm a woman then she shouldn’t care, and don’t we want more transparency and education in the medical profession anyway? We demand it everywhere else.

Until the dead child can tell me that she/he does not feel any pain – I have no intentions of clearing the conscience of the living – I will be voting YES.

This email was in response to a citizen rightfully concerned about HR 2036 the bill introduced by Kimberley Yee aka the “fetal pain” bill which would ban abortion after 20 weeks because according to her non-medical opinion, this is when a fetus “feels pain.”

Like the Phoenix New Times blog states, I can think of many medical procedures I don’t want to see before having them. I would say, pretty much any of them, especially anything dental! It’s a really specific person (someone with a stomach of steel or intense curiosity) that is able to watch medical procedures and not wretch, let alone go forward with them.

The only reason Proud would want women to watch an abortion is to humiliate and shame them out of having one. Stay classy Arizona!

When asked if she meant to make this statement,  Proud reiterated that she did mean what she wrote and stood by her email.

Jezebel published her contact information so you too can invite her to your next colonoscopy–since Proud has such a unique interest in watching medical procedures.


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  • http://feministing.com/members/smiles/ Smiley

    She doesn’t go far enough.

    One should be forced to watch a video of the conception.

  • http://feministing.com/members/gusfeministingreader/ Gus

    That is just revolting. And it must be really mind-boggling for a lot of women to see a woman defending such absurdity. I mean, how are feminists to expose this kind of narrative for what it is – it seems, pure misoginy – and to expand the framework of discussion regarding those issues? How are feminists to recover and reclaim the discourse for so long now so backlashed? And specially in the US, how can coherense be brought (back?) to public discussion, when paroles like “take the government off our backs” and “put the government inside her uterus” coexist?

    If someone is to take this kind of reasoning seriously, perhaps it would be better to radicalize the approach. Like forcing eletronics consumers to watch working conditions of third world workers and the consequences of the dump of those same products (abroad and home) on the health of voiceless human beings. Perhaps it would be the case to oblige smokers to watch working conditions on tobacco plantations, as well as the not infrequent cases of serious pesticide intoxication suffered by workers. The same for everyone who eats meat, buys clothes, drives cars, etc. And perhaps it should also be mandatory, in schools, to teach and show kids and teenagers about the devastating effects of humiliating women through these procedures. The terrible effects on families who could not afford having one or more children and who were denied the right to family planning and birth control. Then, at least, we would not be giving hypocrisy a bad name, and would perhaps have an overall more conscious society.

    Best of luck on these current and upcoming fights!

  • http://feministing.com/members/hanimosity/ Hannah Meyer

    It’s H.B. 2036, not H.R.

  • http://feministing.com/members/dollarsandsex/ Marina Adshade

    I discussed this topic with my 13 year old son on the weekend to see what he thought. He suggested that to be fair they should have to watch both an abortion and a delivery of full term baby before deciding which procedure they would prefer to have. Which raises a good point, if it is so important that there is transparency and education then how come women give birth every day without ever having witness a child being born themselves? Maybe that should be Terri’s next bill.